ICP Spectrometers

Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometer (ICP AES / ICP OES)

An inductively coupled plasma spectrometer is a tool for trace detection of metals in solution, in which a liquid sample is injected into argon gas plasma contained by a strong magnetic field. The elements in the sample become excited and the electrons emit energy at a characteristic wavelength as they return to ground state. The emitted light is then measured by optical spectrometry. This method, known as inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) or inductively coupled optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES), is a very sensitive technique for identification and quantification of elements in a sample.

ICP Spectrometers can be used for the analysis of environmental samples, contaminants in food or water, metalloproteins in biological samples, and similar studies. Most ICP-AES instruments are designed to detect a single wavelength at a time (monochromator). Since an element can emit at multiple wavelengths, it is sometimes desirable to detect more than one wavelength at a time. This can be done by sequential scanning or by using a spectrometer that is designed to capture emissions of several wavelengths simultaneously (polychromator). Detection limits typically range from parts per million (ppm) to parts per billion (ppb), although depending on the element and instrument, can sometimes achieve less than ppb detection.

720/730 Series ICP-OES Spectrometers from Agilent Technologies

The Agilent 720/730 series features a custom-designed and patented CCD detector, delivering the highest performing most flexible, and fastest ICP-OES platform. Instruments are custom configurable with a wide range of performance enhancing options to provide unmatched productivity. The 720/730 series will meet your most demanding needs — both now and in the future.


  • Maximum productivity – superior CCD detector design
  • High performance – delivers ultra-low detection limits
  • Ultimate precision –true simultaneous measurement
  • Choice of configurations – axial or radial systems and a variety of sample introduction options to meet your application requirements
  • Easy-to-use software – powerful, intuitive ICP Expert II Software

ACTIVA-M ICP-AES: The Master in True Multi-line Analysis from HORIBA Scientific

ACTIVA-M, a bronze award winner for best new product at Pittcon 2007 as Master in multi-line analysis by ICP-AES, combines superb instrumental performance with innovative and interactive assistance software tools:

  • IMAGE (full spectrum acquisition) & Total View mode offer a superior semi-quantitative analysis with re-processing capabilities (as for ACTIVA-S)
  • The new proprietary ICP-based Database, the S3-base (Single-element Spectra, Spectroscopic data) features not only wavelengths but also ionization level, line width, limit of detection, dynamic range of each line, thus providing data that allows the combination of single-element spectra to mimic real-life samples
  • M.A.S.T.E.R. (Multi-line Analysis, Selection Tool for Enhanced Reliability) performs a selection of several appropriate lines according to the concentration range of each element and the matrix influence
  • CALSTAT helps for the evaluation of the calibration procedure through statistics on various parameters
  • S.O.S. (Statistical Outlier Survey) evaluates the line concentration results through ANOVA data processing to detect outliers and to provide a single reliable result per element.

The Total Multi-line Concept overcomes the challenge of multi-line selection, copes with unexpected spectral interference and consequently improves the reliability of the results.

Product Features:

The advanced instrumental configuration of ACTIVA-M in addition expands the multi-line performance:

  • Extended spectral range from 120 to 800 nm
  • Few matrix effects and high spectral selectivity which allows a greater choice of non-interfered wavelengths to be used for multi-line analysis
  • Practical dynamic range of 107 with a linear concentration range over five decades minimum, which avoids detector saturation and risk of curvature, and consequently expands the use of the selected line, thereby improving the statistics of the results
ACTIVA-M brings ICP expertise, ideal for laboratories with a large variety of applications and/or with a high sample load.

ACTIVA-S ICP Spectrometer from HORIBA Scientific

ACTIVA-S, built on A Platform for the Future, maintains the Strengths of HORIBA Scientific ICP Spectrometers while incorporating advanced CCD technology, thus offering Simplicity in a high performance Spectrometer:
  • High Scientific Spectroscopy quality CCD, adapted to the Superior Total Plasma View, and offering the complete Spectral range of 160 – 800 nm.
  • The criteria of Stability, Selectivity and Superior dynamic range, associated to Simplicity, make the difference.
  • Optimum Selectivity is achieved thanks to the proprietary S3-base database.
  • An automatic Superior Semi-quantitative analysis of all elements is performed from full Spectrum acquisition (IMAGE) and via the Total View mode for concentration calculation, data reporting and data reprocessing.
  • Simplicity of operations with automatic optimizations helps the user to operate the instrument at its best and achieve excellent analytical results.

JY 2000 2 ICP Optical Emission Spectometer (ICP OES) from HORIBA Scientific

HORIBA Scientific knows that one design does not fit all and your applications are unique to your laboratory, even if they are routine. The JY 2000 2, the second in the series of instruments defining A Platform for the Future, offers exceptional value with pricing designed to meet even the most challenging budget.

The new JY 2000-2 delivers affordable high-performance and reliability that will increase the productivity of your laboratory. The modestly priced JY 2000-2 delivers performance better than competitive radial ICP spectrometers at far higher prices. The proven design has been updated to incorporate many innovative design features of the ULTIMA 2, resulting in the JY 2000-2.

Product Features:
  • Optical design maintains the elegance and simplicity necessary to provide maximum light throughput and still provide excellent performance in resolution.
  • Optical design maintains the elegance and simplicity necessary to provide maximum light throughput and still provide excellent performance in resolution.
  • New sample introduction area with a focus on productivity.
  • No other ICP spectrometer today offers better performance than the JY 2000 2 except the ULTIMA 2! Typical detection limit for Pb is 5 ppb on a radial view plasma. Radial view minimizes interferences.
  • Continuous wavelength coverage from 160 to 800nm as a standard with optional extension to 120nm for UV analysis of the halogen elements or the use of alternative wavelengths.

ULTIMA 2 ICP OES Spectrometer from HORIBA Scientific

The ULTIMA 2 with its innovative design provides a tool that increases lab productivity not only with fast analysis times, but with less complicated methods, shorter warm up time, better performance, introduction area and a superb RF generator. The power in the performance of the ULTIMA 2 is in its simplicity. No moving parts in the sample, few reflective surfaces in the optics and the lowest detection limits in the industry, combined with the best spectral resolution, highest light throughput and a patented detection system for full spectrum acquisition from 120 to 800 nm.

Product Features:

  • Single view radial provides lowest detection limits of any ICP OES spectrometer available today.
  • Continuous wavelength coverage from 160 - 800nm standard with optional extension down to 120nm for Far UV analysis of the halogen elements or the use of alternate wavelengths.
  • Unmatched spectral resolution of 5 pm at <320 nm minimizes interferences, with optional grating to further improve resolution for line rich matrices such as geological or precious metals.
  • Fast, accurate analysis with Rapid Chip electronics and powerful AnalystT software.
  • Patented HDD® detection provides analysis of sub-ppb to percent level in one analysis.
  • Dynamic range of up to 10 orders of magnitude using Win-IMAGE.
  • Quick-release torch is fully demountable and needs no alignment
  • Unique sheath gas feature, allows continuous analysis of 30% dissolved solids.
In ICP-AES, line-rich spectra are often observed and it is difficult to find analyte lines free of interference from all the matrix or concomitant element lines. This is especially true with matrices such as steel, tungsten, zirconium, precious metals and other complex matrices.

Usually the analyst prepares known solutions, makes profiles for each wavelength at different concentrations of the analyte and concomitant elements and finally selects a line free of interference with adequate sensitivity. This crucial step in method development is long and tedious. It must be conducted with great care because it can greatly influence the accuracy of the results.

HORIBA Scientific simplifies this step with CLIP (Collection of Line Intensity Profiles), which assists the analyst in the development of methods for high resolution sequential ICP-AES: no more solutions to prepare and no more profiles to acquire. The profile of each line is calculated according to the instrument’s configuration: focal length, slit combination, diffraction grating and order used. Only a few minutes are needed to select lines for every element.

ICPE-9800 Series Simultaneous Inductively Coupled Plasma Emission Spectrometers from Shimadzu

With a photometric system ideal for analyzing a large variety of samples, the ICPE-9800 series spectrometers are built to ensure maximum performance. The vertically oriented plasma torch minimizes adhesion of samples on the torch walls, reducing carryover. This allows for simultaneous analysis of trace and high-concentration samples without concern for contamination by simply switching between axial and radial views.

The ICPE-9800 Series features a leading-edge CCD (charge-coupled device) detector with one million pixels. Using this large one-inch sensor, data for all wavelengths is captured as an image on a two-dimensional plane in the same way that a camera captures a photograph. The wavelength can be changed after measurement is complete and all of the data is saved for future review, helping to eliminate measurement errors and reduce the work needed for repeated measurements.

Three key features on the ICPE-9800 systems help reduce argon gas consumption to about half of normal levels, leading to considerable cost savings:

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